ground dove

or ground-dove

  1. any of several small terrestrial doves of the warmer parts of the Americas, especially Columbina passerina.

Origin of ground dove

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30

Words Nearby ground dove Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ground dove in a sentence

  • It is not an uncommon species along our Mexican border, but is not nearly as abundant as is the ground dove.

    The Bird Book | Chester A. Reed
  • On the basis of our observations at Guam, I would say that the name "ground dove" for the bird at Guam is not descriptive.

  • In contrast, the ground dove at Guam may select a nesting site considerably higher in the tree.

  • Except the southern little ground dove, this is our only Dove.

    What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman